Posted June 30, 2009 by Steve Downs
This summer is an exciting time for Project HealthDesign. We had a tremendous response to the call for proposals for the second round of project funding. We received brief proposals from 145 teams across the U.S. and are enthused by the high level of interest. Clearly the idea of exploring the potential of integrating data from observations of daily living into conventional health care processes intrigues researchers, providers, designers and technicians across the country.
Over the next few weeks, we will be evaluating the submissions and inviting up to 25 teams to prepare full proposals. We expect to announce the final list of grantees by December. The teams will then get to work on collecting and integrating observations – about meals, sleep, exercise levels, pain episodes and even moods – into the clinical care process.
We have an excellent national advisory committee (NAC) to work with us on the review process and think through the ongoing strategy. We have added some new NAC members, who we greatly look forward to working with. The 13 members of the committee read like a who’s who of health information technology and bring a range of perspectives. The six new members are:
- Veenu Aulakh, M.P.H., is the senior program officer for the Better Chronic Disease Care program at the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF). Veenu was not a member of the NAC the last go-around, but CHCF provided valuable support for the first phase of the project and Veenu was instrumental in providing guidance.
- Susannah Fox is associate director for Digital Strategy at the Pew Internet & American Life Project, where she leads the Project's health research and oversees its digital strategy. Susannah’s role on the NAC differs from others in that she will be advising the program on overall strategy but will not review proposals or make award recommendations.
- John Halamka, M.D., M.S., wears multiple hats as a physician, a CIO and a health care IT innovator. He is chief information officer at the Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is also chair of the U.S. Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel and chairman of the New England Health Electronic Data Interchange Network.
- J. Daniell Hebert is CEO and co-founder of the MOTO Development Group which is a product research and development company focusing on innovation and product development that blends electronics, software, and mechanical engineering. Prior to founding MOTO, he was a researcher in MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and later joined Apple Computer as a researcher of advanced manufacturing systems.
- Carlos Roberto Jaén, M.D., Ph.D., is a practicing family physician and professor and chairman of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is also co-director of the AAFP-funded Center for Research in Family Medicine and Primary Care and is the PI of the National Demonstration Project evaluation of TransforMED.
- Deven McGraw, J.D., M.P.H., L.L.M., is active in efforts to advance the adoption and implementation of health information technology and electronic health information exchange to improve health care. Currently, Deven is director of the Health Privacy Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology which is focused on developing and promoting workable privacy and security protections for electronic personal health information.
They join seven committee members who guided us in the first round of the project and are re-upping their commitment to the NAC for this next endeavor.
- David K. Ahern, Ph.D.
Director, Health Information Technology Resource Center
Aligning Forces for Quality, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Brigham and Women's Hospital
- Carmella A. Bocchino, R.N., M.B.A.
Executive Vice President, Clinical Affairs & Strategic Planning
America’s Health Insurance Plans
- Michael Christopher Gibbons, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins’ Schools of Medicine and Public Health >
- Brandon Hull, M.B.A.
Partner and Co-Founder
- John Maeda, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Rhode Island School of Design
- Omid Moghadam, M.S., M.B.A.
Member of Staff
The Harvard Medical School Center for Biomedical Informatics
- Paul C. Tang, M.D., M.S. (Chair)
Internist, Vice President, and Chief Medical Information Officer
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
We are honored to have the entire NAC on board. Together they provide us with the perfect mix of experience, expertise and innovative thinking to ensure that the program produces valuable insights – ultimately benefitting patients, providers and policy-makers.